Saturday, October 10, 2009

5 tips for starting your next project

If you are looking to get started on your next organizing project (and I hope you all are!) then here are 5 things to think about before you begin.

Lesson 1: The best solution is the one you love.

One of my underlying philosophies, after all, is that the more you love an organizing solution the more likely you are to use it. This in turn means you’ll be more likely to keep your space organized going forward.

Lesson 2: It’s easier (and cheaper) to try before you buy.

For example, you can use containers you already have on hand to test out a new organizing system. Use ramekins or other small bowls to test the idea of segregating items in your junk drawer. Or use a paper box to try the idea of using a file basket on your kitchen counter. After living with your make-shift solution for a while, you’ll be confident as to whether or not that is the solution for you. Ultimately, when you buy permanent containers, you’ll buy with confidence.

Lesson 3: One size does not fit all.

For those of you who have been following me for a while…you know I believe this to be true about organizing. The key is to have the tools at your disposal to figure out which solution is best for you…and then go for it! Don’t worry if it’s not the same organizing system that I use, or the ones you see in magazines. If your systems is using old shoe boxes for everything…and that works for you, don’t spend the money on nice clear storage containers!

Lesson 4: It’s more fun with a friend along for the ride.

From having someone to bounce ideas off, to reporting your ongoing progress, a friend makes organizing much more enjoyable, too.

The benefits of having a friend along for the ride get even better. The more fun you’re having with a project, the more likely you are to get it done. If you enjoy the process of getting organized, because you have a friend along for the ride, you’re much more likely to finish your projects.

Lesson 5: Getting started feels good.
Keep this in mind if you’re avoiding getting started on your organizing projects. Even if it feels like any action you take today will just be a drop in the bucket…a drop in the bucket is better than no drop at all – and it gets you started!

So there you go, round up a friend or two and then get started!

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